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the damage on staten island from superstorm sandy. also during his news conference yesterday, obama said he would refuse to accept any extension of the bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest americans and talks of averting the so-called cliff -- fiscal cliff. >> we cannot afford to extend the bush tax cuts for the wealthy. what we can do is make sure that middle-class taxes don't go up. we can eliminate loopholes, deductions that have a distorting affect on our economy. i believe we have to continue did take a serious look at how we reform our entitlements because health-care costs continue to be the biggest driver of our deficits. so there is a package to be shaped, and i'm confident folks of good will in both parties can make that happen. >> the oil giant bp reportedly has agreed to pay record criminal fine for the 2010 deepwater horizon oil spill in the gulf coast. according to reuters, bp will plead guilty to criminal misconduct and him as a penalty that will surpass the $1.3 billion record held by the drug giant pfizer. it reported settlement could be unveiled as early as today. the euro
already have been destroyed by the flooding of hurricane sandy. it left haiti overrun with devastating floods, causing widespread damage and adding thousands of people to the massive numbers already displaced by previous floods and the devastating earthquake of january 2010. on tuesday, the u.n. relief official said in addition to potentially destroying march's harvest, the new flooding has led to a spike in waterborne disease. >> the march harvest may already be lost. this is why we urgently are asking for money for people to go back to the fields to start working those irrigation canals that need to be drained. now that half the country has been flooded and water in some areas are 10 days away from sandy, some areas are still completely inundated with water and sanitation systems broken or needing drainage, we obviously fear and to break out of waterborne diseases, including spikes in cholera. between the october 28 and the eighth of november, we had 4000 cases, which is almost double the average that we have seen for the remainder of the year. >> york governor andrew cuomo has launc
has visited several areas of new york city, the ones hit worst by superstorm sandy. president promised to continue federal support for the victims. he said the hardest-hit areas would need a long-term recovery time. gordon 100 people were killed by the storm which hit the east coast of america two weeks ago. the spanish government has approved measures to help people facing evictions from their homes. the victims will be suspended for two years -- evictions will be suspended for two years our people cannot pay their debts. it's a growing problem in spain. this is gmt from bbc world news. at i am david eades. the sound of a large explosion was heard in tel aviv and sirens sounded as hamas continues firing rockets from gaza into israel. a core tenet has acquitted of desecration former generals of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the balkan conflicts in the 1990's. that's where we will stay for the moment. the acquittal of those two former generals. they had been convicted of war crimes and now they have been told they can go free. this is the reaction from their supporters i
to new york there's a disservice the damage after superstorm sandy devastated the region 2.5 weeks ago. thousands to remain without power as the death toll from sandy in the u.s. and canada has climbed to 128. obama pledged to help with both the short and long-term recovery. >> there is a lot of short-term immediate stuff that has to be dealt with, and we're going to make sure that we stay here as long as people need that immediate help. that is fema's primary task. we will be coordinating with state and local governments to make sure people are getting short-term help. there is long-term building that will be required. >> top congressional leaders are heading to the white house today to begin talks with president obama on an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff of tax cuts and spending hikes set to kick in at the end of the year. obama has vowed to reject any extension of the bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest americans as part of the deal, will send republican leader mitch mcconnell thursday warned he would oppose any attempt to raise taxes. ahead of the talks, a group of
electricity for tens of thousands on top of those still left in the dark by superstorm sandy. the number includes more than 20,000 residents of public housing in new york city, who in some cases also lack heat and running water. three of new york city's hospitals remain closed after losing power during the storm, and there is no current timetable for their reopening. on thursday, new york governor andrew cuomo said economic damage from the storm could reach $50 billion. >> the first cost estimate that i have seen has suggested the storm will cost the region $50 billion in damage and economic loss. the state of new york, about $33 billion in damage and economic loss. that is a staggering number. >> in the face of an ongoing fuel shortage, new york city mayor michael bloomberg has unveiled a new rationing system for the purchase of gas. on thursday, he said motorists will only be of a purchase gas on alternating days depending on whether their license plate ends in odd or even number. >> only 25% of our gas stations we estimate are open. drivers are still facing long lines, frustrations gr
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